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Around the World on basalt yacht

Around the World on basalt yacht

Famous yachtsman from Austria Norbert Sedlacek is going around the world trip on basalt yacht in 2020. The traveller has twice tried to make a solo trip on 18-metre sailboat AAL. 

Famous yachtsman from Austria Norbert Sedlacek is going around the world trip on basalt yacht in 2020. The traveller has twice tried to make a solo trip on 18-meter sailboat AAL.

Before the 34 000 miles journey Norbert projects “little brother” of AAL on the electric generator. The Flagship is equipped with 8 stationary and 2 portative solar panels, 2 more electric generators which are used as hydro generators. The batteries of the devices will provide 8-10 days of continuous work.

The hull of the yacht made of basalt replacing the usual fibreglass. The advantages of basalt are that it is durable, resistant to temperatures and absorbs shock. The material does not break off in pieces like carbon and peels off reducing the risk of damage. Balsa wood and epoxy resin were used in production. Construction costs a third cheaper, and there is also less emission of harmful substances.

Sedlacek has been studying properties of the rock since 2009. He says that this material is the most suitable for the board of the ship which will go on an expedition through the Arctic Ocean. Given the possibility of meeting with floating ice in Northern latitudes, the bow and joints are fortified, the bottom is two-layer.

In 2014, the Austrian had to create his Innovation Yachts shipyard to build the yacht, as no existing shipyard was ready to take up the production of untested material. Twice AAL tried to go to the sea but due to technical problems, they had to endure.

"Sometimes you just need to have the courage to accept the harsh reality instead of correcting the dire results," the yachtsman says before conquering the five oceans.